Walk & Talk | A Culinary Tour of Downtown LA with Life & Thyme’s Antonio Diaz

I meet Antonio Diaz at the spot of his choosing: G&B cafe in Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles. At two o’clock the market feels less congested than at noon, but you can still feel a buzz in the air—there’s music playing, people are talking and butchers and cooks are running around.

 

The air smells of fresh fruit, recently made bread, garlic and roasting meat. It’s a proper central market. Antonio is a 27-year-old entrepreneur that was born in LA to Mexican parents and was raised with the values of a hard working immigrant family that accepts the challenges of a new life and takes every opportunity for betterment.

 

Previously the co-founder of a design studio, in 2012 he took his passion for photography and design, combined it with a dormant passion for writing and founded Life & Thyme, a community-driven publication that focuses on the art of culinary storytelling. After reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, he realized it was time to talk about food from a different angle and decided to highlight the makers behind good-looking dishes.

 

Here’s a summary of the places we hit during our Walk & Talk and if you want more photos and the juicy details, get your hands on a Hayo No. 1: South!

 

Antonio xHayo

 

Walk & Talk | A Culinary Tour of Downtown LA: Life & Thyme’s Antonio Diaz

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  • Wexler's Deli

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    Pick of the menu: OG with a side of pickle

  • Belcampo Meat Co.

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    Pick of the menu: Fast Burger

  • Eggsult

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    Pick of the menu: The Slut

  • Guisados

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    Pick of the menu: sampler tacos, horchata and Jamaica water

  • Verve Coffee

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    Pick of the menu: iced coffee

  • Blacktop

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    Pick of the menu: cortado

  • Wurstküche Restaurant

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    Pick of the menu: Austin Blues with caramelized onions, sweet peppers and large Belgian fries.

 

Words by Joanna Riquett
Photography by Josh Telles

Joanna Riquett
Joanna Riquett

Joanna is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Hayo Magazine. Her areas of expertise include content strategy, travel writing, community building, and creative explorations around publishing and media.

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